Happy New Year! This next principle falls in line with my theme for 2016 "The Year of Delegation and Empowerment". I encourage you to work smarter this year and elevate your success with the power of delegation and empowerment!
Self-Leadership Success Principle #5: Thinking Time
I've learned a valuable lesson. My mind gives back to me exactly what I put into it. The greatest enemy to my best thoughts is to dilute it with information overload.
One of the ways I prevent that overload is to read one book at a time for 30 minutes/day. In this way, I am intentionally feeding my mind high-value content, but am not overwhelmed by many different topics vying for my attention controlling the input. As you could imagine though, I have a long list of books to read!
In addition to reading and creating my own content for workshops, keynotes, and social media, I like to give myself ample space to reflect. This time is essential for me to assess where I am with my company and where I'd like it to go.
The best leaders reserve time for quality thinking. - Tweet This!
The following are a series of questions I like to ask myself during my thinking time each week:
- What is working well?
- What is not working well?
- What is the best use of my time this week?
- What can I delegate, outsource or eliminate?
- What am I putting off that I need to work on?
- Who do I need to invest in that will help multiply my impact and influence?
- Who do I need to stay in touch with today?
Remember, a few minutes of quality "thinking time" is often more valuable than an hour of surface level conversation or unplanned work.
Coaching Question: When you make thinking time for yourself this week, what questions will you ask yourself?
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